Smart Homes – Intelligent Apartments and Buildings

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A New Approach to the Intelligent Apartments and Smart Home Technology

Intelligent apartments are the future. When we think of what living with smart homes in the future will look like we think of holographic TVs, Robo-maids, and flying cars. When we look at current trends we realize the future of apartment living revolves around something else, the Intelligent Apartment and Smart Home Experience.

When I was younger (I’m 60 years old now) I was all about material things, fancy cars, extravagant boats, and big houses. Now I realize that extra time is the real luxury. We are currently living in an on-demand service-oriented society. As services evolve we see entities like Dollar Shave Club, Uber, Lyft, and Amazon Prime. These evolving services allow us to use our time more efficiently and enjoy things more often that we really care about.

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As our priorities change, so must our living spaces.  Intelligent apartments will be the places we live in and will need to do more than just store stuff.  Intelligent internet connectivity will be built into entire structures, not just the occasional wall socket.   Intelligent apartment-style living can keep us better connected with other people around us, and smart apartments can better serve our needs by providing more efficient and convenient ways of doing things.

Intelligent Apartments and Buildings

Intelligent buildings (also known as smart buildings) use IoT sensors and building automation to control everything from lighting and energy usage to user-centric functions, such as wayfinding and conference room scheduling.  In these buildings, sensor technology can control all aspects of day-to-day living and daily business operations.  An example of an intelligent building is the Burj Khalifa located in Dubai.

Self-Service Smart Homes and Intelligent Apartments Are Here

Just as new tech jobs have a multiplier effect on local economies when new firms spin-off from existing firms, the tech that began as a simple rethinking of thermostats expanded to make intelligent buildings possible. This technology also enabled new business models, such as the short-term rental of smart apartments, and led the multifamily industry to the point at which a completely self-service apartment will soon be viable.

With the help of Honeywell, it has become one of the most sustainable and smartest buildings in the world. Smart apartments are very popular.  The building is monitored and controlled using many Internet of Things (IoT) devices.  The IoTs are part of an advanced automation system that relays real-time information to a platform at Honeywell that uses developed algorithms to identify anomalies and reveal maintenance issues.  Such a platform can reduce necessary maintenance hours by as much as 40%.

The entire smart apartment resident experience – from searching for an apartment to renewal or move-out – soon could be completely automated. Digital leasing assistants powered by artificial intelligence are available now and have improved so much that prospective residents are coming into leasing offices asking for nonhuman leasing agents as if they were human.

Interested prospects can view floor plans, rents, and available online and can schedule a self-guided tour with a quick automated screening. They can then use codes from the self-guided tours to open smart locks at the entrance and at the unit. They can process paperless leases online, then use their cellphones to reserve the loading dock for their moving trucks and schedule the movers.

Once they become residents, they can use 24/7 package lockers to pick up packages and view the lobby screen to monitor local transportation options. They can use the rideshare waiting area for an Uber or Lyft or rent a car, bike or scooter. If they have a plug-in hybrid or an electric car, chargers are available in the garage.

Residents also can schedule a dog walker or dry cleaner or have pizza delivered through their phones and send a building-access code to a guest entering the building. If they need maintenance in their units, they can call third-party maintenance teams to schedule repairs.

Telecom Infrastructure Is Key to Intelligent Apartments

Making this vision of the future come to reality will take integrated and seamless telecommunications planning and execution. This requires not only significant infrastructure but also a thoughtful and strategic approach and as much flexibility as possible given an ever-changing telecom landscape.

Whether the technology is 5G, managed Wi-Fi, or a smart-home network protocol, apartment residents don’t care how it works – they just want it to work seamlessly. They want a strong signal when they move from the street to the lobby to their apartment and through all the common spaces in between.

The NMHC/Kingsley survey shows that more than 60 percent of residents want great and consistently strong cellphone coverage where they live, and more than 40 percent checked for cellphone coverage while they toured a multifamily community. They want perfection: all the new technology and access controls to work as they should, all the time, without fail. Once again, telecom is at the center of it all, including intelligent apartments.

The sooner the apartment industry moves telecom planning front and center, the sooner the apartment of the future arrives. When it finally does, it will be a connected and convenient hub for all involved parties: residents, operators, and anyone who comes through the lobby door. Until then, the multifamily home industry needs to give telecom its due and build the most flexible and powerful telecom infrastructure possible to pave the way.

What is an intelligent apartment?

Smart, intelligent apartments are fully connected within the interior and to the outside world. They utilized new and evolving technologies. Intelligent apartments need to have three things to be smart.

Smart Amenities. These include smart lights and smart locks, as well as integrated services.

Connectivity. Buildings are wired from the inside out to connect devices, building systems, residents, and management.

Community Management. Create a better living experience for residents by incorporating services that are hassle-free, and save money and time.

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